- 11:40 AM, Feb 20
Peter Hernandez Jr. was a music fan since he was just a kid. From a young age, he was impersonating and performing songs by influential artists such as Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley. He was even named Little Elvis in MidWeek magazine and tapped to play the younger version of the late singer in 1992 movie "Honeymoon in Vegas".
Despite having experience of acting in front of camera, Hernandez decided to pursue career in music. Better known with stage name Bruno Mars, he wrote many hit singles for other artists before laying vocals for his own track. He co-penned Flo Rida's "Right Round" and K'naan's "Wavin' Flag" among others.
In addition, he served as featured guests in B.o.B's "Nothin' on You" and Travis McCoy's "Billionaire". Both songs successfully brought his two pals to stardom and introduced himself as a solo recording artist. Enough with working for other musicians, he decided to work on his own record.
A debut album called "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" is due in United States on October 5, 2010. The lead single "Just the Way You Are" climbed to No. 9 on Billboard Hot 100. The album was preceded with an extended play "It's Better If You Don't Understand" which came out in May in the same year.
"Doo-Wops & Hooligans" reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chat, and its follow-up singles, "Grenade" and "The Lazy Song," cracked the top 10 on the singles chart. Mars scored another hit in late 2011 with "It Will Rain", a song that he contributed to "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" soundtrack.
Mars went on to pick up several Grammy Award nominations for his debut effort, including for Album of the Year. While he went home empty-handed, Mars gave a career-building performance at the 2012 telecast. His energetic performance of his 1960s-influenced song "Runaway Baby" had even the most jaded music industry veterans moving in their seats.
Mars returned with new album in December 2012. His sophomore record, "Unorthodox Jukebox", received both commercial and critical acclaim. Marking his first No. 1 album on Billboard 200, it featured a bunch of hits including lead single "Locked Out of Heaven" which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for six consecutive weeks and won an MTV Music Video Award for Best Music Video.
The project's second single, "When I Was Your Man," also peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot